MU Times Youth Music Scholarship
The annual Ulladulla Milton Times Youth Music Scholarship in conjunction with the Ulladulla Milton Lions Club presents a huge opportunity for talented young musicians in our district.
This scholarship scheme is designed to encourage and support young local musical performers. In addition to the first prize of $2,000 the scheme will also provide $1,000 to the second place winner, and $500 to the third place winner. The scholarship will be available for performers, either instrumentalists or singers, who are 18 years old or younger on Australia Day of the event.
Selection for the scholarship is on a competitive basis. The 1st selection step in the competition will be auditions which will be conducted at the Milton Theatre on an evening in December 2016. Those candidates who are selected from these auditions will be invited to perform in the competition final to take place on stage at the 2017 Australia Day Celebrations at the Mollymook Beach Reserve. The Australia Day performances will be judged with the winners being presented with the scholarship cheques on stage at the completion of the day’s event.
Judging for the competition is provided by independent experts with credibility in the music/entertainment business.
Organised by the Ulladulla Milton Lions Club and sponsored by the Times newspaper, the scholarship is specifically designed to support local youth, so eligibility to enter the competition for the award will be restricted to performers who live or attend school in the Ulladulla Milton district. For the purpose of the competition the northern boundary of the district would include but end at Bendalong and the southern boundary would include but end at East Lynne. In supporting the scholarship scheme the manager of the Times, Freddie Simon said, “The Ulladulla Milton Times is very pleased to assist the Lions club to support local youth through this scholarship, the current Escape Art Fest is a clear demonstration of the depth of young talent that abounds in the district. We at the Times are keen to help our talented young performers to reach their full potential”.
The scholarship is open to either individual performers or a group of performers however a group of performers would have to share the scholarship prize associated with their place in the competition.
All performers who reach the finals of the contest and perform on stage at the Australia Day Celebrations will be given a Certificate of Performance suitable for inclusion in their personal portfolio.
Previous winners of the scholarship have used the prize money to advance their musical and performance skills. The coordinator of the Scholarship Scheme makes the point that “The Times youth Music Scholarship offers two big opportunities for talented young performers, a chance to perform on stage with a sizeable audience and of course the financial incentive to further their musical interests.” Josiah Fajardo, a previous winner, now studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of music, many competition winners and finalists such as Lily Richardson and Julianne Sisinni have moved on to performing in entertainment productions within our district and indeed some competition finalists have over recent years been able to adopt musical performance as a career choice. Matt Best for example, a competition finalist in 2009 has worked as a drummer in the industry both in the USA and Australia.
Application forms for the Times Youth Music Scholarship are now available from the following outlets:
- the Lions Club website http://ulladullamilton.nsw.lions.org.au/youthmusic
- local music teachers or
- the music staff at high schools within the district.
Applications should be with the Lions Club by Monday 12th December 2016. Further information on the scholarship is available from
Nicole Dixon on 0429 963 111.